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Piece of history returned to Worthing's Marine Gardens

Photo: Cllr Edward Crouch, Laura Thomas of Bygone Treasures, The Friends of Marine Gardens and the Councils Rangers gathered around the new fountain

A historic and much-loved feature at one of Worthing’s most popular parks has been brought back to life.

Since Marine Gardens was established just off the seafront in 1930, the water fountain has been a prominent feature of the green space.

But decades of exposure to the coastal conditions saw it deteriorate and out of action in recent years as it came to the end of its life.

Photo: An old postcard of Marine Gardens in the 1930s

Keen to return the piece of history back to the space, Worthing Borough Council’s park rangers teamed up with the Friends of Marine Gardens and Worthing-based antique shop Bygone Treasures to replace the treasured local landmark.

Following a kind donation from store’s owner Laura Thomas, the green-fingered volunteers worked with council staff to refurbish and prepare the pond for its new attraction.

Photo: Friends of Marine Gardens installing the new fountain

With works completed and the new fountain installed, the group gathered at the coastal-based gardens to celebrate the fountain’s return.

Laura Thomas, owner of Bygone Treasures, said:

“My parents, my children and I have used this park so much over the years, so it’s fantastic to give back to a space that’s been so important to my family.

“I’ve lived in Worthing all my life, and this seemed like a lovely way of supporting the work of the Rangers and friends of groups who look after our green spaces.”

Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said:

“We’re extremely grateful to Laura at Bygone Treasures for working with the Council and the Friends of Marine Gardens to bring this wonderful attraction back to life.”

 

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